The Wolves of Midwinter

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Looks like DA Vinci Code doesn't it? Well it is a bit similar. Now most people I knew found Da Vinci Code to be a heretical book, one that no one should touch. Yet.. I am not one to listen to others opinions on things and do like to check it out for myself and judge for myself. For example Harry Potter is a series I turned out to love and I generally accept the fact many do not like it and find fault with it, while some like me find that it has some great messages about accepting those with differences, courage, and friendship. Plus, Harry Potter somehow made me a stronger Christian helping me to get through some of my darkest times. One quote mentioned by Sirius Black is one that I always hold close to my heart. "We all have good and bad within our hearts. its the choice of whether to act on the good or bad side that shapes who we are" That is not the accurate quote from the book but.. it goes somewhere along the lines of that.
Sorry, that is a bit random I am supposed to reviewing The Begotten yet I go off on one of my Harry Potter tangents. Pretty much what I was trying to say is that I actually really loved Da Vinci Code, and took what ridiculous junk Dan Brown concocted as fiction, and read through the book in about a day. His ideas and the way he writes it so ingeniously is something to really admire.
When I first received The Begotten, I was so excited because I've been craving for a DA Vinci Code clone done right. but I was surprised to see Lisa T. Bergen did it both differently than any of the others and in many ways supersedes Da Vinci Code. I was madly flipping through this book, and its every tosses and turns. When I got to the end, the word Sequel Coming soon.. I cried out,"NOOOO" as like every other good series, the worst is when one reaches a cliffhanger and now must wait for the next installment. But then I saw The Betrayed is actually available and well.. when I gather up the money I'll definitely be getting it. Sorry my post is late, I've noticed since I post so late I barely get anyone anymore, hopefully by commenting on other people's blogs today, I'll get some visitors.. since Wednesday seems to be the dead day of the CSFF Blog Tour. Anyways, till next time! Sayonara!
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Well I never received this month's book due to me signing on for the Blog alliance, Teen First about a week after copies of this book were ordered. Also due to me being busy yesterday, I never checked my email. But I checked it today and noticed that I had to post today. This is my first time posting for this pacticuliar blog alliance, and I'm still on the novice level when it comes to it, so please be patient. I did not read the book as I never got the copy. But I really do have a lot of interest in reading it since it is a Ted Dekker novel and the first chapter I read made me want more. The first chapter is below, enjoy, and hopefully next month I will have a thorough review of the book!!

First Chapter of Chosen


our story begins in a world totally like our own, yet completely different. What once happened here in our own history seems to be repeating itself thousands of years from now,

some time beyond the year 4000 AD.

But this time the future belongs to those who see opportunity before it becomes obvious. To the young, to the warriors, to the lovers. To those who can follow hidden clues and find a great

treasure that will unlock the mysteries of life and wealth.

Thirteen years have passed since the lush, colored forests were turned to desert by Teeleh, the enemy of Elyon and the vilest of all creatures. Evil now rules the land and shows itself as a painful, scaly disease that covers the flesh of the Horde, a people who live in the desert.

The powerful green waters, once precious to Elyon, have vanished from the earth except in seven small forests surrounding seven small lakes. Those few who have chosen to follow the ways of Elyon now live in these forests, bathing once daily in the powerful waters to cleanse their skin of the disease.

The number of their sworn enemy, the Horde, has grown in thirteen years and, fearing the green waters above all else, these desert dwellers have sworn to wipe all traces of the forests from

the earth.

Only the Forest Guard stands in their way. Ten thousand elite fighters against an army of nearly four hundred thousand Horde. But the Forest Guard is starting to crumble.


Day One

qurong, general of the Horde, stood on the tall dune five miles west of the green forest, ignoring the fly that buzzed around his left eye.

His flesh was nearly white, covered with a paste that kept his skin from itching too badly. His long hair was pulled back and woven into dreadlocks, then tucked beneath the leather body armor

cinched tightly around his massive chest.

“Do you think they know?” the young major beside him asked.

Qurong’s milky white horse, chosen for its ability to blend with the desert, stamped and snorted.

The general spit to one side. “They know what we want them to know,” he said. “That we are gathering for war. And that we will march from the east in four days.”

“It seems risky,” the major said. His right cheek twitched, sending three flies to flight.

“Their forces are half what they once were. As long as they think we are coming from the east, we will smother them from the west.”

“The traitor insists that they are building their forces,” the major said.

“With young pups!” Qurong scoffed.

“The young can be crafty.”

“And I’m not? They know nothing about the traitor. This time we will kill them all.”

Qurong turned back to the valley behind him. The tents of his third division, the largest of all Horde armies, which numbered well over three hundred thousand of the most experienced warriors, stretched out nearly as far as he could see.

“We march in four days,” Qurong said. “We will slaughter them from the west.”

1. At what age did it hit you that you wanted to write? Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

I've wanted to write since I was about 8 years old. There was a brief period in the third grade when I wanted to be an archeologist, but since then, it's pretty much been a desire to write.

I honestly don't feel qualified to give tips or advice on writing since I am still a newbie to the publishing industry myself, but I will repeat what I have heard most other authors/editors/agents say: write, write, write and read, read, read. It's amazing what you absorb for your own craft when you read books you love.

2.What books influenced you the most?

As a kid, I loved adventure books, and my favorites were A Dog Called Kitty and Trapped in Death Cave, both by Bill Wallace. Then in the sixth grade I discovered R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, and Dean Koontz (obviously not a YA author). Still love all of Mr. Koontz books.

3. What's the latest book that you read, that you just have the need to recommend?

Well, in ABA I just finished Dean Koontz latest book (referenced above), and in CBA I've been reading Leaper by Geoffrey Wood, which is funny and offbeat. Just my kind of book.

4. When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing?

Reading, playing with my kids, watching sports with my husband, and traveling.

5.So after this book, what is your next project?

The second book in this series in under review with the publisher at the moment. Hopefully WWCH is the first book in a series of five about the Parker twins, and their little sister, Zoey.

6.What is your favorite quote, that you believe most lines up with your philosophies. In other words, what is your favorite quote?

Actually, I love the quote Betsy Ann St. Amant uses by Sir Isaac Asimov: "I write for the same reason I breathe - if I didn't, I would die."

I'm also fond of the "Live, Laugh, Love" approach to life.

7.What type of music if any do you listen to?

Oh, I love music. Favorite type of music of all time is cheesy 80's music. I also listen to contemporary Christian when I need a spiritual super-charge, classical when I am writing because it helps me concentrate and sets the mood, and at the moment I am listening to oldies from the 50's and 60's. Country, Big Band and Swing, Disco...I'm all about the music.

8. What's your favorite place to write?

Well, I don't have my home office set up yet, so I tend to write anywhere I can find some peace and quiet; the living room couch when my kids are taking a nap, or my bedroom in the evenings after my husband gets home.

Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog. It's been an honor.
D.C. Stewart

-Thanks for giving me the chance to promote the book. It sounds interesting and I'll be sure to put as much as effort as needed to do a thorough job in promoting your book. Good Luck! God Bless!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

I first received this book as a pre published edition straight from the author and I must confess.. never did I expect for this book to be even more riveting than DIOM. For me what even amazed me more is Mr. Davis seamlessly combines high packed action sequences, deep characters, and wonderful spiritual messages without speaking down to the reader. Even better was that any of the spirituality never came off as preachy. Once a book can show a message and not just preach it, that's when you know you are a writer. What your English teachers have always told you is rather true, show don't tell is much more effective. I must say during the bitter cold months of winter, with all the turmoil of my life, I became very depressed and slowly went into a slumber because of depression. Yet this book was the shining torch in the dark months of my life; it really helped me to get out of my depression and I thank god that this book was written and was shone to me at the appropriate time. For any reader out there, I full heartedly recommend this awesome book to you, for this one like the works of Madeleine L'Engle, Karen Hancock, and CS Lewis seamlessly combines wonderful character with deep spiritual messages. For any reader out there, this is a must buy. The only problem with the book now I must wait till October to get the next